Facebook is set to vastly expand its Menlo Park campus, unveiling plans for on-site stores, pharmacies and over a thousand new housing units.
This second site will be called the “Willow Campus,” and will sit alongside the sprawling headquarters it moved into two years ago.
Seemingly addressing controversies over the impact it and fellow tech giant Google have had on the Bay Area in San Francisco by setting up their corporate headquarters there (disrupting everything from traffic to the price of housing), Facebook stressed it has high hopes that this expansion will be “a village” for not just employees but the general public as well.
“The community benefits will be open and accessible to everyone,” said Ryan Patterson, a real estate manager with Facebook.
It is expected that the build of the 125,000 square feet of retail space, 1.75 million square feet of offices, and 1,500 housing units will be completed by 2021.
“Working with the community, our goal for the Willow Campus is to create an integrated, mixed-use village that will provide much needed services, housing, and transit solutions as well as office space,” added John Tenanes, Facebook’s vice president of global facilities and real estate.